This whimsical intaglio print depicts mermaids mingling with partygoers and lounging on banquet plates at a black-tie social event. Steeped in fantasy and inflected with an early modern European sensibility, Pauline de Roussy de Sales’ work often evokes the playful and layered narratives of illustrated children’s literature. As she draws directly onto the copper plate, the artist notes, “I’m telling myself the story as I go along.”
Pauline de Roussy de Sales, b. 1991, New York, is an illustrator and printmaker trained at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in New York.
10 x 9 inches framed